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Greetings everyone,

Welcome to the first newsletter from your new Board. We have pulled together a highly skilled, passionate and creative team of volunteers ready to drive even better value, interesting content, dynamic events and great professional development opportunities for you our members. For those of you whom I have not yet met, my name is Monika Lancucki. I have been an IABC Vic board member for the past 12 months. In my day job I head up the corporate communications and investor relations for Becton Property Group, a listed property company, I am mum to an incredibly energetic four year old boy and am thrilled and honoured to be your president here at IABC Vic for the next 12 months.

I’d like to also introduce your other Board members this year. They and their respective portfolios are:

-Zora Artis, Vice President
-Kate O’Donnell, Immediate Past President
-Belinda Lawrie, Education VP
-Amanda Riley, Communication VP
-Clayton T Ford, Sponsorship VP
-Rebecca Ketteringham, Membership VP
-Deb Lemcke, Professional Development (Events) VP
-Melanie Cahani, Brand and PR VP
-Julie Pulis, Treasurer and Secretary

Kerry Santamaria has kindly stepped forward to assist Deb with the
professional development (events) portfolio.

As a Board we have certainly been busy looking after the responsibilities of our portfolios whilst transitioning into new roles and preparing to pull together the IABC Vic Strategy for the next 12 months. We've met with some of our professional partners and corporate members and hope to meet with more. Over the coming year we would like to work more closely with all our stakeholders to ensure that our events program, content and services remain meaningful, interesting and relevant. But please don't wait for us to get in touch. If you have an idea you would like us to explore, please email me or any of the board members via our email address. It would be particularly good to hear from you prior to our strategy session in mid October so that we can work the ideas and suggestions into our program for the coming year. We are also keen to hear about interesting things you are working on and may wish to share via our newsletter: research, projects, tools, publications. Not only do we love to hear about your wins, we love to share them too. So please do let us know if you have anything you think might be appropriate.

We have a very full events program to see out the remainder of 2012. You can read more about Tuesday's accreditation and gold quills roundtable later in this newsletter. On 17 October we are holding our final Be Heard for the year at which Danielle Clarke, Head of Online and Social Media at Telstra and Sally Scott, a partner at Hall & Wilcox, an expert in consumer law, will provide an overview of the law and industry practice relating to social media in light of recent Advertising Standards Board determinations and ACCC guidance. These cases have been the subject of much buzz over the past month as they make companies liable for misleading and deceptive comments/ posts by others, on brand/ corporate facebook pages. Tickets to this October event are selling fast and numbers are capped so if you would like to attend you might want to get your tickets sooner rather than later. To register just visit the events section of our IABC Vic website.

In November Melbourne is playing host to the World PR Forum. The Forum has a great line up of speakers and IABC will be hosting a track of sessions and our members are eligible for the member rate discount. You can register via the Global Alliance website. For those who are current or potential leaders of IABC Chapter there will also be a Leadership Institute also in Melbourne on the weekend preceding the forum. The leadership institute is an annual IABC event at which chapter leaders share knowledge and best case examples about leading an IABC chapter. This is the first time the Leadership Institute is being held outside North America. At $145 USD for two days of sessions it’s a great chance for gaining insights about how to lead a voluntary organisation. If you have been thinking about joining the Board at some stage – this is a great time to get involved as a volunteer. Doing so will enable you to also participate in this unique opportunity. But as they say “you’ve gotta be in it to win it” – so if your membership has recently lapsed or is about to, be sure to renew. To find out more about the Leadership Institute just visit the IABC website. Our year-end celebration function will also be held around the time of the World PR Forum – so stay tuned for more details!

That's all from me for this month. I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming year and seeing both familiar and new faces at our events. Here's to a great year.